marram grass


mar·​ram grass ˈmer-əm- How to pronounce marram grass (audio)
: any of several beach grasses (genus Ammophila and especially A. arenaria)

Examples of marram grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dunes in the courtyard were planted with the tall marram grass that gives the hotel its name, and the cedar paneling on the building’s exterior had already acquired a gentle patina from the salt air. Thessaly La Force, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023 Unruly tufts of marram grass resembled the furry heads of Highland cattle, hiding both the ocean view and, infuriatingly to golfers, many a pin. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2021 The ranger asked us to not wander beyond specific boundaries and be careful not to trample on the marram grass, which helps stabilize the dune. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2019 Closer to the lake, the dunes are still moving and less stable, with some marram grass that helps stabilize them. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2019

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Word History


of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse maralmr, a beach grass

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marram grass was in 1834

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“Marram grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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